First Case of Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Detected in Mexico
An 8 year old girl was the first to contract the disease in Mexico, said the government of Chiapas. The girl was treated in a hospital in the town of Arriaga and has since been released, reports Fox News.
Chikungunya is spread by two species of mosquitoes and is typically not fatal. However, the symptoms of the disease include fever, headache and severe joint pain that can last months. There is no commercial vaccine for the virus, which was also first detected for the first time in the Americas late last year.
Although this virus is more commonly found in Africa and Asia, it was first detected in the eastern Caribbean at the start of 2014. Locally transmitted infections (as opposed to infections from people traveling abroad) were reported for the first time this year in the United States. It is transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito that causes dengue fever.